Summer is the time of family vacations and outdoor fun, with plenty of opportunities for getting yourself into trouble. With so many things out there to do with friends and family it’s only a matter of time before you find yourself staring down a temptation to relapse. We don’t want the summer good times to ruin your recovery, of course, so here are 5 tips for making the most of your summer without ruining your sobriety.
1 – Plan Ahead
The worst situation is one that catches you off-guard. For this reason, make sure you plan ahead for any outings or vacations you have on the list. Know what to expect from each summer gathering. Who will be there? What will you be doing? Will there be alcohol? If you know what you’re getting into, you can come up with ways to get around the triggers. Have an alternative drink available. Avoid people who are going to try and get you to drink. Know the terrain and you’ll be able to navigate the dangers.
2 – Stay Active
If you sit at home all the time, dreaming of the fun you could be having with old friends in old favorite watering holes, it’s only going to be more difficult to resist temptation when you finally get out there to cut loose. Don’t be that guy/gal. Instead of waiting for tempting summer festivities, spend as much time as possible out and about. Go to meetings and support groups, spend time with sober friends, enjoy the great outdoors. Be a person who is active and has a lot of fun so when you get into social festivities you won’t feel unsure how to handle yourself.
3 – Keep Calm
Stress is the biggest culprit for driving you back toward a relapse into addiction so take steps to avoid stress. Summer activities and family gatherings can be really exhausting and take a lot out of you. In a weakened state, you’re more vulnerable to triggers. When things get to you, step away and center your thoughts, take a few deep breaths, and de-stress the situation.
4 – Hang with Sober Friends
There are going to be lots of friends who just don’t get it. They keep tempting you with a drink or a bump and you can hardly stand to be around them. Avoid those people. Instead spend time with sober friends who can help to keep you accountable and have your best interest in mind. Support groups are great for making these connections. Spend time with other recovering addicts and support one another. Friends make all the difference on the road to recovery.
5 – Check in with Yourself
There’s going to be a lot going on throughout the summer and it’s important that you continue to check in on yourself at regular intervals. Don’t get caught up and swept away because you run the risk of losing yourself and losing control. Step away from the party and look in the mirror from time to time and make sure everything is good. If you feel stressed or tempted, get out of there immediately. No party or person is worth risking a relapse.
Everyone at Treatment Now hopes you have a safe, sober, and fun summer with friends and allies. Remember, help is only a phone call away.
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